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The issue for the Court of Appeal was whether the parties had entered into a binding contract of compromise contained in written communications passing between their respective solicitors. Background The appellant, Joanne Properties Ltd (“Joanne”) owned a building in Wandsworth. It had borrowed money from the Respondent (“Moneything”) secured by a charge over the property.


Service Charge certificates

In Sara and Hossein Asset Holdings Ltd v Blacks Outdoor Retail Ltd [2020] EWCA Civ 1521, the Court of Appeal considered the question of what was encompassed by a certificate as to the total costs recoverable by way of service charges. The appeal related to the construction of a service charges clause in a commercial


Last week the Grenfell Inquiry heard shocking evidence of the dishonest marketing used to promote the cladding installed at Grenfell Tower. The legal repercussions of the Grenfell fire will be varied and will continue for some time. In R (Clarke) v Birmingham City Council [2020] EWCA Civ 1466 the Court of Appeal was asked to


Undoubtedly, 2020 has been a year where parties will have faced difficulty in progressing claims owing to the lockdown / semi lockdown state of flux we have found ourselves in. Parties will want to ensure that claims keep pressing forward to a conclusion and (where appropriate) a costs order. I doubt there has ever been


The diagnosis at the beginning of November 2020 of Sir Bobby Charlton with dementia follows on from four other members of the 1966 World Cup starting 11 also being diagnosed with the same disease. Martin Peters, Nobby Stiles, Ray Wilson and Jack Charlton have all died suffering the disease. It brings into stark focus that


The Weekly Roundup: the Royal Edition

This week the Court of Justice of the European Union has provided still further guidance on the operation of the Denied Boarding Regulations (in Ryanair v DelayFix, Case C-519/19), the Court of Protection has provided guidance to experts on litigants’ capacity (in AMDC v AG, CI), the County Court has provided guidance on the operation


In the last couple of weeks we have seen developments in two of the most controversial areas of travel and cross border work: local standards, and the incidence and calculation of interest. Unfortunately the developments themselves have not been uncontroversial; both High Court decisions have been the subject of criticism, and, arguably, leave the law less


We are delighted to announce that Andrew Warnock QC has been named as Personal Injury Silk of the Year at the Chambers UK Bar Awards. The awards are based on Chambers’ research for the 2021 edition of Chambers Bar and reflect notable achievements over the past 12 months including outstanding work, impressive strategic growth and


On 30 October Andrew Warnock QC and Maurice Rifat were successful in the Supreme Court in the case of Stoffel & Co v Grondona [2020] UKSC 42 which concerned the impact of the “illegality” defence to a claim against a solicitor for professional negligence in the context of a mortgage fraud. In this webinar Andrew


The Personal Injury team at 1 Chancery Lane bring you an early Christmas gift to usher out 2020: The Highways Compendium. A high point we hope as a difficult year draws to a close. We recognise that normally our busy clients appreciate briefings that are just that: brief and informative. We also know however that


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